We wanted an easy way to signal availability to our friends. When we want to go to the movies, grab a drink, or go hiking, we’ll usually text the first four or five people we can think of and attempt to coordinate in separate chat threads. It’s a pain in the ass and doesn’t reach everyone we know that might be interested in joining. Beacon provides the best way to create impromptu events and passively reach friends, friends of friends, or someone new.
Using Twitter allows us to take advantage of your existing social graph of friends. For many of us, Twitter represents our canonical identity on the Internet. That said, we recognize that Facebook or your phone contacts may better represent your social graph. We’re open to adding support for these identities. If this is something you're interested in, or holding you back from using Beacon, please contact us.
As you attend Beacon supported conferences like WWDC or Layers, we’ll automatically add you to a conference specific channel where you will only see events created by your fellow attendees. Beacon also has a special Friends channel for private events that only your friends from Twitter, people you follow that follow you back, can join. You can view the channels you belong to on the Attending tab, accessible in the main view of Beacon.
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